University of South Florida


The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university located in beautiful Tampa Bay on Florida’s spectacular west coast. It is one of the largest public universities in the nation, and among the top 50 universities, public or private, for federal research expenditures. The university is one of only four Florida public universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities, a distinction attained by only 2.3 percent of all universities.

At the heart of USF is a vibrant, diverse and engaged student body. More than 47,000 students are enrolled in the USF System, a system of three separately accredited institutions – USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee – with an annual budget of $1.5 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. The university’s main Tampa campus is home to USF Health, including the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Pharmacy.

With over 240 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialty and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine, there’s something for everyone at USF. The university offers a dynamic learning environment that inspires innovation, creativity and collaboration and is focused on student success. More than 2,000 distinguished scholars, researchers and expert teachers, nearly all holding PhDs or the highest degrees in their fields, make up the USF faculty – including the 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year.

USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference, with 17 men’s and women’s varsity teams competing at the NCAA-level. New facilities for practice and competition, along with a completely renovated USF Sun Dome, put the university’s athletic facilities on par with virtually every top program in the country.

Why choose University of South Florida?
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USF is committed to promoting globally-competitive undergraduate, graduate and professional programs that support interdisciplinary inquiry, intellectual development and skill acquisition. Every department and administrative unit at the university – from the cashier’s office and physical plant, to academic departments and residence life – is committed to student success. Through a series of programs and initiatives, the university strives to create a positive teaching and learning environment designed to engage students and enrich all aspects of the student experience.

USF’s academic programs are designed to meet the needs of all learners, including traditional learners, special needs learners, adults interested in advancing their careers, veterans and distance learners. The university offers 180 undergraduate majors and degree programs at the graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to take advantage of a wide range of undergraduate research opportunities and study abroad programs.

The university has 14 colleges falling under the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. From medicine and the arts to marine science and business, each offers an extensive range of degree and specialty programs, many allowing students to focus on a particular discipline while exploring other areas of interest across the university.

Honors College at USF offers high-achieving, academically motivated students extraordinary opportunities to develop their thinking, reasoning, and analytic skills, regardless of major. The program encourages interaction among students and top faculty through small classes and unique on-campus opportunities.

Innovative Education extends the reach of USF’s academic programs through continuing education programs, graduate certificates, distance and online learning, workforce development, noncredit education, pre-college programs and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

New Student Information

We are excited that you are interested in applying for a degree program at the University of South Florida! The Tampa Bay area is a vibrant, multi-cultural, metropolitan location and our institution offers a wide range of academic programs. If you are admitted to one of our academic programs, our office will assist you with the required immigration documents for applying for a student visa. Your first step is to apply through the university’s admission offices.

Students seeking an undergraduate or graduate degree program at USF would apply online at International Admissions .  Students with a TOEFL score below 79 or IELTS score below 6.5 may apply to the Pathways Program offered by INTO USF. All websites include application checklists, links to programs offered, and general information about the university.

  • International Admissions
    • English Language Programs
    • Pathway Programs

International applicants may be considered for university scholarships. For more information on undergraduate scholarship opportunities visit Undergraduate International Scholarships. For more information on graduate scholarship opportunities visit Graduate Funding Opportunities.

NOTE: F-1 student visa regulations allow students to enroll in only one 3 credit hour online/distance learning course per the official full-time equivalent for the degree level of study.  Therefore, the F-1 visa is not appropriate for any degree program that is offered completing via distance learning or online courses.

How to apply


Applicants should check with the individual program website for program-specific deadlines.  Deadlines can be as much as 5-6 months prior to the program date.  Please note that non-USF providers of study abroad programming may have much earlier deadlines.  Generally, summer program applications are accepted on a rolling basis, however, there again students may find that certain programs have specific acceptance deadlines.  Students are urged to apply early!

Please note the following deadlines associated with Education Abroad Administered Scholarships and USF Semester Exchange programs:

Semester Exchange Deadlines:
  • FALL Semester Exchange – February 15
  • SPRING Semester Exchange – September 15
USF Education Abroad Administered Deadlines:
  • Summer Scholarship Deadline – February 15
  • Fall Scholarship Deadline – June 15
  • Spring Scholarship Deadline – November 1
Before you apply:
Current USF Students

In order to begin the Education Abroad application process you will need to know your Net ID login and have access to your USF email account. You can verify the operation of both by logging in to

  1. Choose the program you wish to apply to from the Available Programs
  2. Click ‘Apply Now’
  3. When asked if you are a student with activated NetID login credentials, answer ‘Yes’
  4. Login using your USF Net ID and continue the application process as instructed


Non-USF Students

Non-USF applicants who wish to participate in an Education Abroad outgoing program must first be accepted as a non-degree seeking student at USF.  To apply as a non-degree seeking student, please view the list below and select the appropriate application link:


  • Broward College
  • Chipola College
  • College of Central Florida
  • Daytona State College
  • Eastern Florida State College
  • Edison State College
  • Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
  • Florida Atlantic University
  • Florida Gateway College
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • Florida International University
  • Florida Keys Community College
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • Floria State University
  • Gulf Coast State College
  • Hillsborough Community College – Brandon
  • Hillsborough Community College – Dale Mabry
  • Hillsborough Community College – Plant City
  • Hillsborough Community College – Sunpoint
  • Hillsborough Community College – Ybor City
  • Indian River State College
  • Lake-Sumter State College
  • Miami Dade College – Hialeah Campus
  • Miami Dade College – Homestead Campus
  • Miami Dade College – InterAmerican Campus
  • Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus
  • Miami Dade College – Medical Center
  • Miami Dade College – North Campus
  • Miami Dade College – West Campus
  • Miami Dade College – Wolfson Campus
  • North Florida Community College
  • Northwest Florida State College
  • Palm Beach State College – Belle Glade
  • Palm Beach State College – Boca Raton
  • Palm Beach State College – Lake Worth
  • Palm Beach State College – Palm Beach Gardens
  • Pasco-Hernando Community College
  • Pensacola State College
  • Polk State College
  • Santa Fe College
  • Seminole State College of Florida
  • South Florida State College
  • St. Johns River State College
  • St. Petersburg College
  • State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota
  • Tallahassee Community College
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Florida
  • University of North Florida
  • University of West Florida
  • Valencia College

My Home Institution IS on the above list

My Home Institution IS NOT on the above list

Completing Your Application

Once you have created the initial program application, you will be logged into the Education Abroad application system and presented with the Program Application Page of the program to which you just applied. The Program Application Page shows all of the requirements for the phases of the application (Pre-Decision, Post-Decision, While Abroad, Returnee).

Carefully read and complete each requirement as instructed. Unless otherwise stated, each requirement is mandatory in order to move on to the next phase of the application.

To return to the application at anytime you can login to the Education Abroad application system by clicking on the NET ID Login link on the top of the Education Abroad website.

Pre-Decision Phase

The pre-decision phase is the first step of your application to the Education Abroad program. Your application will not be considered for review until all requirements of the pre-decision phase have been met. Upon completion, the advisor of the program will be notified. Depending on the decision date of the program, you may be notified of acceptance immediately.

Post-Decision Phase

The post-decision phase comes after your acceptance to the program. When you reach the post-decision phase, you will be presented with new requirements and a commitment button. Carefully read the commitment instructions and commit to the program. You will have 5 days or until the application deadline to commit or your application will be withdrawn. Again, carefully read and submit each requirement as instructed. Failure to complete each requirement will prevent you from being permitted to participate; however, you will still be liable for program costs.

While Abroad Phase

Your application will move to the “while abroad” phase on the start date of your program. Please review any new requirements and complete them as instructed. You may also be presented with a link to submit Side Trip details or Incident Reports. In addition, a journal function may become available for you to record and share your experience abroad.

Returnee Phase

The returnee phase takes affect after the end date of your program. Please review any new requirements and complete them as instructed.


Founded in 1956, the University of South Florida is a major metropolitan research university located in the heart of beautiful Tampa Bay. Read about the major milestones in this vibrant university’s fascinating history.


From the Stampeding Herd of Thunder to the Green and Gold Guys, read about the traditions and celebrations that have become part of the culture at the University of South Florida.


Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest college at USF and is home to the School of Humanities, the School of Social Sciences and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Behavioral and Community Sciences

The College of Behavioral and Community Sciences prepares students to improve the quality of life, health and safety of diverse populations. It is home to one of the country’s largest behavioral health research and training institutes.


The College of Business prepares students to take leadership positions in business and society. Since 2008, the college’s graduate entrepreneurship program has been ranked among the top 25 in the nation by the Princeton Review.


The College of Education is a leader in regional, national and international education. Over the past 10 years, the college has graduated the largest or second-largest number of educators in the state of Florida.


The College of Engineering provides a high-quality educational experience for students and practicing professionals and is a leader in innovative research in the areas of sustainability, renewable energy and biomedical engineering.

Global Sustainability

The Patel College of Global Sustainability prepares students to address complex regional, national and global challenges in sustainability and the ability to innovate in diverse cultural, geographic and demographic contexts.

Graduate Studies

The College of Graduate Studies is housed in the Graduate School and provides a home for interdisciplinary programs so graduate students may experience a truly multidisciplinary experience.

Honors College

The Honors College provides motivated students an exciting experience and productive learning environment that combines the advantages of a small, highly personalized college with the resources of a major research institution.

Marine Science

The College of Marine Science is a global leader in applying science to society’s needs through research, service and training of future scientists. The college is recognized among the nation’s top oceanographic institutions.


The Morsani College of Medicine is a major academic medical center known nationally for its innovative curriculum with an emphasis on improving health through interprofessional education, high-impact research and clinical activities.


The College of Nursing is transforming healthcare, transforming lives: creating the nursing leaders of tomorrow and the research that improves health.


The College of Pharmacy is a pacesetter in pharmacy curriculum and experience. Through interprofessional and simulation resources, students are prepared to deliver technologically-advanced pharmaceutical care based on genetic profile and individualized responses to medications.

Public Health

The College of Public Health offers masters and doctoral degrees as well as Florida’s first bachelor’s degree in public health. The curriculum features cooperative learning, research, problem-solving and field experience to advance and improve public health.

The Arts

The College of The Arts provides an immersive scholarly, artistic and technical environment for tomorrow’s leaders in architecture, community design, art, art history, music, theatre and dance. It is also home to the Institute for Research in Art, comprised of the Contemporary Art Museum and Graphic studio.

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